5.9/10
110
1 user 5 critic

Inheritance (2012)

Trailer
1:38 | Trailer
As a new conflict opposes Israel and Lebanon, Hajar, a young Palestinian student, returns to her native village in Galilee on the occasion of a wedding in the family. Just before the ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When love continues to elude a newly single, young writer, he turns to what he does best and writes the girl of his dreams into his life. Zander is struggling to find both love and himself ... See full summary »

Director: John Bevilacqua
Stars: Tom Payne, Pippa Black, Zibby Allen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alsemberg, 1975, Sarah an 8-year-old-girl is living in a Catholic foster family. One day, her biological father whom she has never seen before, comes to take her for a weekend in Paris. But... See full summary »

Director: Kadija Leclere
Stars: Hiam Abbass, Mehdi Dehbi, Hafsia Herzi
Par accident (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Beware of friends who wish you well.

Director: Camille Fontaine
Stars: Hafsia Herzi, Émilie Dequenne, Mounir Margoum
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Troubled teenager Ben (16) unintentionally confronts his father Heinrich (Tukur), a successful German theatre director staging a play in Marrakesh, with his past and his neglected ... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Link
Stars: Samuel Schneider, Ulrich Tukur, Hafsia Herzi
La marche (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Inspired from a true story of 1983. The story of a 1000 km peaceful march from Paris to Marseille fighting against racial discrimination and fighting for equality.

Director: Nabil Ben Yadir
Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Tewfik Jallab, Vincent Rottiers
Winter I (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A tragic love story following Woods, a successful artist, after the death of his beloved wife and exploring the effects his crippling grief has on his two young sons.

Director: Heidi Greensmith
Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Edward Ashley, David Broughton-Davies
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

In a remote farm in the Maghreb, Hajj Achour is about to give his daughter Sultana of the cadet Laroubi. Everything goes wonderful, except for one detail: the carburetor R12 family, part of... See full summary »

Director: Mahmoud Zemmouri
Stars: Hafsia Herzi, Smaïn, Mourade Zeguendi
Elle s'en va (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Facing a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant, a woman hits the road for a trip with her grandson.

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Némo Schiffman, Gérard Garouste
Etz Limon (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis
Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman
The Task (2011)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A group of reality show contestants must survive the night in a haunted jail.

Director: Alex Orwell
Stars: Alexandra Staden, Victor McGuire, Sean McConaghy
Anonymes (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Aicha, Radia and their mother live removed from the world in the underground servant's quarters of a deserted mansion. The precarious balance of their daily life is shaken by the arrival of... See full summary »

Director: Raja Amari
Stars: Hafsia Herzi, Sondos Belhassen, Wassila Dari
The Physician (2013)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

Director: Philipp Stölzl
Stars: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Hajar
...
...
Khalil (as Yussef Abu Warda)
...
Marwan
...
Marwan (as Ashraf Barhoum)
...
Saada
...
Salma
...
Abu Majda
...
Majd
...
Matthew
Lina Soualem ...
Alya
Mouna Soualem ...
Lana
...
Zeinab
...
Cousin Ali (as G.A. Wasi)
Ana Dubrovitzki
Edit

Storyline

As a new conflict opposes Israel and Lebanon, Hajar, a young Palestinian student, returns to her native village in Galilee on the occasion of a wedding in the family. Just before the ceremony, she goes to see her father, patriarch Abu Majd, who has always encouraged her to learn and to discover the world. It is with confidence that she tells him about the man she loves, Matthew, an English art teacher at the university of Haifa. His negative reaction upsets her... Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

12 December 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Eine Familie im Krieg  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

€2,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Swiss censorship visa # 1008.960 See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ambitious but disappointing movie debut for Hiam Abbas
18 September 2013 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

Hiam Abbas is both a brave woman (she has succeeded her personal life through her own efforts by struggling out of an environment hostile to the empowerment of women) and a talented actress (always bringing sensitivity and dignity to the characters she plays). I was therefore more than willing to like "Inheritance", her first feature as a director, but, the proof of the pudding being in the eating, I find myself forced to acknowledge that, as a filmmaker, Hiam Abbass did not convince me. I am afraid she still has a lot of progress to make. Of course, Abbass cannot be suspected of insincerity or hay-making. The subject she has chosen to illustrate in "Inheritance" is doubtless dear to her heart and the context she has set it is one she knows all too well: Palestine, its state of permanent war, its manners and traditions. Likewise, the situation (before, during and after a wedding party) around which the plot revolves (Abbas is the coauthor of the script with Al Hlelel) is rich in dramatic potentialities: a wedding traditionally gathers relatives and friends with different characters and ideas, thus guaranteeing fine psychodramas if for some reason things go wrong. And of course things do get out of control since the central character, young Hajar (Hafsia Herzi, beautiful but pouting every minute of the film), who studies art in Haifa, has dared fall in love with Matthew, an Englishman she wishes to marry. She, who looked forward to breaking the news to the most tolerant of fathers, is upset when the latter proves hostile to her own wedding plans. And if it was only her father..., but it looks as though all the others are against her. A very good film - and even, in the best of cases, a masterpiece - could derive from such premises, alas the miracle does not happen. "Inheritance" is miles years away from Altman's "A Wedding" or Newell's "Four Weddings and a Funeral", to name only two among a long list of achievements. "Inheritance" really pales in comparison to the best "wedding movies". Among its many defects, Hiam Abbass' film proves too simplistic (there is a single idea throughout : Palestinians are hopelessly backward in the field of manners however tolerant and "modern" some of them claim to be), too melodramatic (woes pile up for the characters to such an extent that this writer wanted to cry for mercy but was too well-bred to do it !), and outrageously overplayed by the whole cast (which results in the film bordering on the ridicule). Another of its shortcomings lies in author's wish to deal with too many subjects at the same time (modernity vs. tradition, free love vs. forced marriage, motherhood vs. infertility, war vs. peace, domestic violence vs. respect for the other, Christians vs. Muslims, and I could go on...). In fact, like many others before her, Hiam Abbass has fallen victim to the "Grasp All Lose All" syndrome. Hiam Abbass obviously wished to brush an overall portrait of Palestine and its people but, in my opinion, her efforts unfortunately only resulted in a heavy-handed oriental soap opera. Let us hope her future directorial efforts will be more successful. Anyway, this clumsy first film does not plague her wonderful acting career in any way. Acting and directing have nothing much in common. "Inheritance" is a telltale illustration of that aphorism.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?